Research recommondations for syphilis and prostitution in 19th-century Vienna
April 9, 2012 2:25 PM Subscribe
Research-filter: Looking for reading recommendations on two topics: 1) syphilis in the 19th (and very early 20th) century, particularly tabes dorsalis
, and 2) prostitution in Vienna during the same time period. (More broadly: the experience of serious and/or terminal illness during the same period; bonus points for information about women, particularly the emotional trauma of chronic pain, losing one’s beauty/youth/sexuality, etc.)
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To give an idea of what I’m looking for: On the subject of syphilis, I’ve read Pox: Genius, Madness, and the Mysteries of Syphilis and Daudet’s In the Land of Pain (and have just ordered The History of Syphilis), as well as a few medical texts from that period. Regarding prostitution in Vienna, I’ve read the relevant sections of Zweig’s World of Yesterday, Gilman’s Difference and Pathology, and the entry for the Habsburg Empire in the Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (vol. 1).